Disney Fairies, fairies, fine motor skills, milestones, pirates, preschool activities, preschoolers swimming, swimming, thankful, Winx Club
How’s THAT for descriptive writing?
I can just FEEL how you are right there with me, with just those four words.
No? Need more?
Overtime for work, combined with week two back to school complete with STILL tearful morning farewell’s + after school schedule starting + meet the teacher + farewell potlucks (I made THIS!) + my husband out-of-town so just me with the kids this weekend + kiddy birthday party + planning my kiddy’s birthday party and despite best laid plans I’m exhausted and nowhere near through my (actual, original, not just “stay afloat”) to do list.
But these are the weeks where pauses to focus on the good are (ARGH! – you’ll get that later) the MOST important, so here it is: for Lizzi and her co-hosts, my Ten Things of Thankful from this week.
I’m thankful for my Ontario Early Year’s Toy Lending Library and specifically this colour maze (Thankful #1). I took my girls to a drop in play group a while back and my 4-year-old played with, and loved, this toy, so I put it on hold. We got a call to come get it about three weeks ago and she’s been playing with it pretty much daily ever since. Given she’s a bit behind on fine motor and writing, I figure this is pretty much the most awesome toy ever.
I’m thankful that my brother found a job (Thankful #2). I wish it was in Ottawa, but I’m excited for him and his family as they set out on their new adventure and, well, go West.
I’m thankful for my mother and for the resumption of girls’ swim nights. (Thankful #3). In what I’m hoping is a brilliant coordinating move on my part, I signed my eldest up again for swimming lessons. From 6:30-7:00 pm on Wednesdays. Right before open swim starts. I bring my youngest and my mother; we cheer on the lesson; and then all go for open swim after. This week I took my eldest to the deep end so she could play on the Tarzan rope and swim about in a life jacket – building kicking endurance as she went – while my mom played with my 2-year-old in the shallow end. We now have a standing Wednesday night swim date. And I think this should work.
I’m thankful for a smooth transition from crib to big girl bed this week for my youngest (Thankful #4). Dufresne Furniture delivered (most of the bed) on Tuesday and the transition went great. It was a bit hard to know we have truly moved on from crib stage of life, but great to see how excited my youngest was for her new bed and bedroom set.
I’m thankful for friends with trucks (Thankful #5). My husband’s best friend came by Thursday to move the crib set temporarily over to my parent’s basement while we figure out what to do with it (as there is no room to store it at our house).
I’m thankful for social media stuff that makes me smile and gives me random moments of levity during otherwise stressful weeks (Thankful #6). This week I got a continual kick out of my random Rise of the Guardians Tooth Fairy Pin that has now been re-pinned over 50 times:
And my eldest was SUPER EXCITED to discovered me surfing Not A Punk Rocker’s Hello Kitty Board.
Her favourite so far is the backpack… But if you can find a Hello Kitty Mermaid you just might win her over for life.
I’m thankful for thoughtful and helpful children (Thankful #7). This morning both my daughters were DETERMINED to help me with the laundry. Given our washer and dryer are vertically stacked this involved a lot of lifting of preschoolers on my part but I figure this bodes well for future helping and I really haven’t been to the gym much recently so, well, every little bit, right?
I’m thankful for Netflix and Winx Club (Thankful #8). It’s something about fairies. And my 4-year-old loves it. I haven’t looked too closely for fear of having to take a stand about not watching it. Because … it kept both my girls busy two nights while I had to get work done … about five feet from the TV where our computer is located because we don’t have a separate home office. I could block out the show; the girls were enthralled; I’m not kidding myself that it was quality TV, but it got the “keep them occupied” job done.
I’m thankful for my gym which includes playcare (Thankful #9). This morning, after a bit of work-work; then laundry; then making salad for a potluck; I was ready for a run. We went to the gym and playcare entertained the girls for an hour and a half while I ran; showered alone and caught up on some email. Heavenly.
I’m thankful for fun with my girls (Thankful #10). We recently rented Disney’s Pirate Fairy. The movie was pretty forgettable (in my opinion, not my daughters), but the extras had this incredibly awesome short that has us all speaking in pirate! ARRRGH.
So there’s my list.
And you know what’s great? I was going to end this list with the Beatles “I’m So Tired“, but by the time I finished reflecting on the good, I didn’t feel like it anymore, so you got Fairies snarling.
I think that’s a better space, from a mental health perspective if not a “quality of music” one, don’t you?
What are you thankful for this week? Link up and join in the happy!
Yes, focusing on being tired isn’t that great of a focus. Thanks for that reminder–because I have been feeling a bit tired this week, too. Time for me to stop dwelling on that, I guess! 🙂
Hear, hear! Or if you were in our house AARGH!
Is that a challenge? Game on!
Funny how I hated Pinterest before and now it’s my 3 am (or 2:39 AM) obsession!
I love the bedroom set, and man do I wish I had thought of the toy lending idea first 🙂
Okay – so at last check you have found two Hello Kitty Mermaids. My daughter is now a fan for life! Very cool.
Thanks re: the bedroom set – and yes, toy lending library is awesome!
Michelle Liew said:
A challenging, yet fulfilling week! Here’s to a greater one ahead!
Thanks Michelle. Fingers crossed over here too. I’m a bit pooped…
Snarly fairies. Bless. It really does seem like your week has been utterly jam-packed with THINGS, but there are some definite positives there. Cool stuff about the fairy pin/repin thing. And YAY for swimming lessons and the toy library. All sounds very good.
That said, I hope you get some time to relax and gather yourself together again, and that next week’s not quite so manic for you.
Thanks Lizzi – there is always good in there – and doing this post is a great way to focus on those parts – but this week wiped me. So yes, hoping next week is calmer.
I have my fingers crossed for you 🙂
i have a secret….I have seen a mermaid hello kitty….now don’t ask me where. BUT i am positive I have seen it!
That color maze if fantastic…I may want to play with it myself!
I love that you used the fairies…but truthfully I have a cleaning music play list..and So Tired is the last song to play. I thought it was an apt end to a tiring chore.
You should check the Hello Kitty board again… she’s since found at least TWO Hello Kitty mermaids ;). So, yes – they did exist!
As for So Tired – I’m a huge Beatles fan and the White Album is one of my favourite albums ever, so it seemed a bit … horrid to choose Disney over Beatles, well, ever. But the song is a bit depressing…
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You had me at “It’s been a week” (oh and hey! I didn’t drop off the face of the planet entirely)
Newborn baby, friend having real life issues and the world decided that wasn’t enough, my almost 13 year old came down with chicken pox on Thursday. Uh, yay? Thanks world.
*sigh* It’s definitely been a week.
PS: I love the Ten Thankful things. 🙂
So good to hear from you and glad you are doing well with the newborn! Chicken pox with your eldest is a bit much with baby though – hope everyone is coping okay with that.
It sounds like you had “a week” too. Thanks for the visit and hope next week is better and calmer all round.
The laundry never, ever ends, does it?
I’m glad going through your thankfuls brought your energy level back up a bit. Snarling fairies was the perfect way to end.
I love the excitement a child has that first night in a big bed. It is just plain precious.
Your Wednesday swimming sounds like a perfect idea. When I was a kid, my dad took us roller skating most Wednesday nights. Your girls will remember the swimming just like I remember the roller skating. And honestly, there’s a Tarzan rope at your pool?!?!?! That is fantastic! I’ve never seen such a thing at a pool.
Hope this coming week goes easier on you.
Thanks so much Christine – and yes, the first night in the “big kid bed” was pretty fun. We got a trundle, so my eldest “slept over” for the first two nights because she was excited about the new bed too. And I think my youngest was happy to “host” a slumber party ;).
As for Wednesday swimming – my parents use to take us each week when I was growing up. Like you with skating, I remember it vividly – like I remember listening to the Eurythmics through the underwater speakers and thinking it was the coolest thing ever… And yes, the Tarzan rope is VERY cool.
Reese Speaks said:
Yes, I am also thankful to Netflix for keeping my kids occupied for a bit when I needed to get some things accomplished, too! It was more Bubble Guppies (groan), but when they are happy, the rest of our home is happy, too!
Congrats to you brother’s new job and his new adventures out West! I hope he and his family do well out there!
I could tell you were really excited about your swim night resuming. I also hope that your and the ladies have an amazing time splashing it up at the pool! 🙂
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I am so glad to have never experienced Bubble Guppies. The name alone makes me groan.
Thanks for the kind words re: swimming fun!
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Friends with trucks. I’m currently interviewing for this open position…getting rid of the trundle bed. Going to get a loft bed for the boy.
Okay – this is funny. I think our lives MAY just be on slightly different schedules. Reason I needed a truck was to get rid of our crib and INSTALL a new trundle bed…
A loft bed sounds great – more space I’m guessing?
Steph - MisplacedBrit said:
Haha! We haven’t seen the pirate fairies 🙂 Arggg right back at you!
…On a more serious note! I hope you can squeeze in some all important zzzzzzz’s
It’s easy not to prioritize resting and sleeping when we have a household to manage, but we’re no good without it.
Hope you’re feeling more rested.